Wow! This has truly been a month of travel, organizing, unexpected events, and cleaning! Now that I am back on track and in the studio, it feels good to be catching up on work and commissions. One in particular is a tiled mirror using cobalt tiles and jatoba wood (Brazilian cherry). This commission is for a guy who found me on Etsy. He loved the small, square cobalt tiled mirror that I collaborated on with my dad and wanted to customize one for himself. This mirror will be quite a bit larger and will hang in the entry way of his home! I am really excited about this piece and will be sure to post pictures of the final product.
This mirror will use about 48 tiles to border the mirror (2×2″ tiles). I mixed up the glaze, waxed each tile, and then dipped each tile into the glaze to pop into the kiln. As you can see I have made a few different sizes. I am trying out a few 2×4″ tiles as well as a few 4×4″ tiles. The tiles that went into this last firing were glazed in the cobalt crystalline and the copper crystalline.
It is so satisfying to fire up the kiln each time that I do. It feels good to know that I am still progressing forward despite loosing a lot of pottery this past winter and feeling overwhelmed in my schedule the past few months. As I have mentioned before, a high glaze firing reaches to over 2,000 degrees in the kiln. Here is a glimpse of what it looks like in there:
I love looking at the kiln at night and seeing it glow! It is amazing to think what heat is doing and how it is reacting with the elements in the glaze formula. Opening the kiln, of course, is the most exciting part of the process! I will say, I have had my fair share of bad firings.
I am so happy with the way the crystals formed during this firing, especially in the copper crystalline (green) glaze. These tiles were all boxed up and shipped off to my dad, so he could complete the commission. He is building the frame for the mirror and will assemble everything together. The mirror is designed in the “arts and crafts” style. I will be sure to get final images to share with you when the commission is complete.